Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2015
Country: HUNGARY
Run Time: 89 minutes


Set in 1910s Budapest, DEMIMONDE tells the scandalous story of Elza Magnas, a wealthy prostitute tangled in a messy web of lust. Her incredibly rich boyfriend, Max, keeps their relationship a secret, unaware that when he’s away, she’s sleeping with a much younger poet named Gregely. Her housekeeper, Rozsi, is also quite fond of Elza, and there’s a past between them that creates a thick layer of tension. When Rozsi hires a naive young maid named Kato (a breakout performance by Laura Dobrosi), things get even more complicated. Rozsi becomes obsessive and jealous when Elza and Kato develop a close relationship. At the same time, Max discovers Elza's affair, and Gregely has fallen deeply in love with her, growing anxious that she’ll never leave Max. All the madness swells into pure chaos; someone is going to snap. But who? The neverending twists and turns will leave you guessing. Jam-packed with sex, drama, and betrayal, this film is a suspenseful blend of forbidden romance and passionate crime. DEMIMONDE remains sexy, while exploring love in its darkest, most fatal form. (In Hungarian with subtitles) – E.F.

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George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

Attila Szász

Born in 1972, Attila Szász graduated from the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest. He has worked as a film critic, edited film trailers, and founded a distribution company. In 2002 he was assigned as Editor-in-Chief at VOX, Hungary's biggest movie magazine.

"The Ambassador to Bern" (2014)–39th CIFF, DEMIMONDE (2015)

Tamás Lajos, Tamás Mink

Norbert Köbli

András Nagy

Laszlo Hargittai

Principal Cast
Patricia Kovács, Dorka Gryllus, Laura Döbrösi, János Kulka, Péter Sándor

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Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel

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